You may have found out that that showing pictures, videos or a game on a phone to a group can be really annoying. Everyone gathers around you and most of them can't see anything. Luckily, Windows Phone has an interesting feature which allows you to project your screen to your computer via USB. This feature requires an additional app on your computer, but the process is really fast and easy to do. In this article we will show you how to use this feature and how to customize the projected view. Let's go:
Things You Should Know & Have Before Going On
First of all, you should know that projecting your phone screen with a USB connection is video only. Audio is not transferred to your computer.
That being said, there are a few things you should have before you are able to project your Windows Phone screen to your computer, using a USB connection:
- a smartphone running Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1.
- a Windows computer that has the Project My Screen App installed on it.
- a USB cable.
Start by downloading the Project My Screen app on your computer. On its webpage, press the Download button to continue.
Open the file you have just downloaded and install the application on your computer. Note that you may have to restart your system before being able to project your Windows Phone screen.
How To Project Your Windows Phone Screen Using A USB Connection
Next, connect your Windows Phone to your computer via USB and open the Project My Screen app.
On your Windows Phone you will be prompted to allow screen projection. Tap Yes to continue.
Now, your Windows Phone screen will be projected to your computer. By default the app runs in fullscreen mode. If you want to resize the window, you can press Esc at any time to exit fullscreen.
How To Customize The Projected Screen
You can personalize the way you view your projected screen. To do this, on your smartphone, go to Settings and tap Project my screen.
This screen will display the devices you are already connected to or those you can connect to. Press the Advanced button to customize the projected screen view.
Here you can enable the Show touch option. A dot will be displayed every time you touch the screen. Next, you can choose a color for the touch dot. And on this same screen you can also choose the External screen orientation.
Another thing you can do is personalize the way you view your projected screen on your computer using your keyboard. Below there's a list of shortcuts which you can use to change the way your Windows Phone screen is displayed, such as changing the orientation, displaying the frame rate and so on.
- B - Toggle background image on or off.
- E - Toggle expanded screen mode.
- F - Toggle fullscreen mode
- R - Display current frame rate.
- Left arrow - Force device orientation to landscape left.
- Up/Down arrow - Force device orientation to portrait up.
- Spacebar - Reset device orientation (automatically follows phone).
As you can see from this guide, projecting your Windows Phone screen on your computer is really easy and can be done in no time. Also, it can be very useful for presentations or just if you want to show pictures or videos on a bigger screen. If you have any questions regarding this feature don't hesitate to share them with us in the comments below.